50 young turkey hunters get shot early from Friday

The following is a press release and photo from Idaho Fish and Game.

Fifty young turkey hunters get shot early during the Idaho Youth-Only Controlled Turkey Hunt that runs April 8-May 25 in the Salmon and Challis areas.

“These youth-only hunts were created to increase opportunity and promote hunting as a safe, enjoyable and family-friendly activity,” said Salmon-based Fish and Game Wildlife Manager Dennis Newman. “For adults, they are a great way to introduce a new hunter to the sport, especially the safety, ethical and responsible aspects of hunting.”

Currently, all turkey hunting in the Fish and Game Salmon Region is regulated by controlled hunts for the spring and fall seasons, and the vast majority of birds are found on private land. Not only do all hunters need to get permission from landowners before hunting, but being extra safe is essential for these hunts.

“Many properties with birds are small, so it’s critical that hunters know their safe fire zones, property boundaries, and be very aware of livestock and dwellings,” says Newman.

The behavior of a hunter on private land is essential. Often this involves knowing where to park, keeping safe distances from livestock and buildings, leaving gates as they are, and knowing property boundaries. Keeping vehicles off muddy roads and fields is another concern of landowners.

“Remember you’re a guest on their property,” Newman says. “Follow their wishes, and chances are you’ll be invited back.”

With average winter conditions, the Salmon and Challis regions experience good winter survival for turkeys. Winter population counts showed stable to increasing populations in both areas. As these populations continue to grow, this will hopefully translate to increased hunting opportunities in years to come.

Hunters can find more information on Idaho turkey rules, season details, identification, and ethics in the 2022 and 2023 Upland Game, Furbearer and Turkey Seasons and Rules brochure, as well as turkey hunting safety tips.

Sharon P. Juarez